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Declare a 24-hour curfew in KZN and Gauteng – Busa

Business Unity South Africa calls for full deployment of army and police including reserve forces.
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The violence and damage to property that has overwhelmed parts of the country must be stopped immediately. The loss of life and destruction of property is devastating.

We now face disruption to supply chains that are essential for the country’s basic functioning, including energy, food and supplies needed to fight the pandemic. Critical transport networks are unable to function. Sapref, which supplies a third of the country’s fuel needs, has been shut down. The Durban port, that is critical to the export and import of goods has been closed with its cold stores severely affected.

National key points that include manufacturing of chlorine for our water system and explosives for our mining industry are shut down and under threat of invasion. Water works have been damaged that are key to provincial water systems in KwaZulu-Natal. Many vaccination sites have had to close, slowing the fight against the pandemic.

While the immediate loss of life is shocking, these disruptions will have a severe impact across the country to both lives and livelihoods. This disorder has had a devastating economic impact, which represents a significant setback for economic recovery, and has significantly magnified the challenge of dealing with poverty, inequality, and unemployment. It has massively undermined investor confidence, which will take years to rebuild. The impact on employers and employees is severe and will be significant for some time as businesses rebuild. Government must mobilise funds to assist employers and employees.

The impact on vaccinations against the Covid pandemic is also serious. This is an emergency unparalleled in our democratic history and requires the state to take immediate action.

We believe this must include a strongly enforced curfew in specific areas to clear the streets and allow law enforcement to regain control. The violence is characterised by contagion as the impunity that is seen in one area emboldens those in others. This is both geographic and in the type of violence, with opportunistic looting evolving to wanton sabotage of key infrastructure and spreading from one area to another. Without clear and dramatic interventions, contagion will continue.

We are concerned state action to date has been inadequate. We believe the necessary order can be restored through the existing National State of Disaster regulations. The disorder is a major threat to our fight against the pandemic, both in the large and unsafe gatherings that are occurring and the disruption to access to healthcare including testing, the supplies of oxygen and medicines including the transport and administration of vaccines.

Together with existing laws against criminality the state has the powers to take steps to stop the disorder in its tracks. However, this requires that the state mobilise all its resources in the effort.

We therefore call on the cabinet to:

  1. Allocate emergency funds for the call up of all army reservists nationally and police reservists in KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng.
  2. Declare a 24-hour curfew in KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng to enable order to be restored.
  3. Deploy all available security services to strictly enforce the initial curfew and then existing curfews in terms of lockdown restrictions thereafter.
  4. Station security services to at-risk areas to monitor the situation, enforce law and order, and be prepared to remain in position until order is fully restored.
  5. Reverse the amendment to the Disaster Management Act allowing for gatherings by certain parties. Instead, we urge a restriction on gatherings must be strongly enforced.

 

Business Unity South Africa can support government by quickly identifying at-risk areas and critical infrastructure that should be prioritised. We are able and willing to work with the security services to align our own efforts and security personnel.

While in several cases our security staff have had to be withdrawn from their posts, in many others they continue to protect lives and property but need support from state security services. Through Business Against Crime, we have working channels of communication between business and the security services that can be used for this purpose. We would like to thank many communities for their active mobilisation to defend property in their areas.

We call on communities to ensure they support the security services only and to strictly obey the law.

We offer sympathies to families of those who have lost their lives during the anarchy. The country is heavily reliant on its security services at this point. We recognise the critical role they must play in restoring law and order to protect the people of South Africa. We call on the security services to do so with utmost professionalism. South Africans live in a country in which the rule of law is sacrosanct.

We must all come together to ensure that it is restored as soon as possible so that we are able to continue the project of building a country we can all be proud of.

Finally, we call on President Ramaphosa to take the lead instituting law and order and using the full might of the power and resources actively and decisively at his disposal to do so. The perpetrators must feel the full might of the law. The president needs to pull the entirety of government behind this effort. We call on the president to be present through regular addresses to the nation to instil confidence and demonstrate government cares about their security.

Sipho Pityana is president of Business Unity SA

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Sipho – you must educate your clients man !!

Absolutely, because these are law abiding citizens who will adhere….

Our Ministers in the Security Cluster are compromised. Giving misleading statements ( as if this group is still working for ZUMA)

… We need to rethink our Security of the Country… needs to be independent of any Political party

@Cyril – Please show some Leadership. You currently have none.

24hr curfew? eish Sipho, crawl back into your hole. Where were you when all this was going down.

The people are ignoring the curfew that is in place now. why will they respect more of the same? The Coronavirus Central Command Councill created curfew and lockdown fatigue. Citizens are already revolting against the draconic suppression of freedoms under the Central Planning state.

The Zondo Commission proves why the state has lost all legitimacy in the eyes of its own supporters. These people who are suffering under lockdown measures and curfews, without access to shebeens and income, while they are forced to wear useless and irritating masks everywhere, are revolting against the authority of the state.

They are demonstrating their disdain and hatred for the president and his corrupt cronies. They demand jobs while the ANC is destroying jobs. They want security and a better life for their children while the politically connected cadres have stolen their future. They are past waiting for promises. They are joining their leaders in the orgy of plunder now. They are following the example set by Luthuli House.

Another curfew will be a waste of time. This situation asks for Martial Law. The autocratic demagogue in Luthuli House can speak softly if he wants to, but he must carry a big stick now.

Laws are created to punish those who abide by them…

The political party who govern have become irrelevant due to the ever growing number of people who abide by their created laws, this happens in every revolution and change of power.

This year municipal elections will take place on the 27th of October. Currently South Africa largest party are those who choose not to vote, if they come and cast their vote we might see the right change required for the redevelopment our a country.

South Africa. A country with “an enemy within”.

Sipho, do you realize what a 24 hr curfew means. Think you useless dewclaw.

But residents,neighborhood watch etc. defending homes and shops are aggressively discouraged to do so by government??? All the help is needed! I really appreciate the visibility of the SANDF…thank you!

As usual, the President can’t stamp his authority down because he hasn’t got control over his own party. So the entire country suffers because the ANC is a divided house.

yip…he is Dlamini-Zumas puppet.

Not sure how a 24 hour curfew can work. Would that be 24/7? Another first for SA. Leading the world like a dunce once again.

Sipho, you’re a clown.

Looks like time to declare Martial Law.

Not a single instigator / planner / leader of this insurrection will face consequences as they are all high-ranking politicians.

According to the clown of a police minister the details of the ringleaders are “secret” and cannot be divulged.

Five years from now those details will be even more secret.

The NPA may be able to successfully prosecute a few supermarket looters without bungling the cases, but that’s it.

It is clear that members of cabinet knew of the planned coordinated looting and destruction beforehand: their lethargic response is a dead giveaway.

Some either silently approved or waited for the outcome to see which camp they should support.

And others knew as well: remember that a day before the main carnage Eskom warned of load-shedding, ostensibly due to cold weather.

It makes me wonder – and Hanlon’s razor be damned – if load-shedding has ever been the result of anything other than sabotage.

Agreed. Cele and Dlodlo are lying. Or are dumb and should be consequently fired. Or are criminally negligent and businesses should sue them for not being warned about the “intelligence” on the impending disaster. They and the minister of defense should in any event be removed from office for the delay in getting feet on the ground in time to limit the extent of the damage. If they knew of the threat to hospitals as they allege, they need to divulge which hospitals, what measures they took to mitigate the risks and why they didn’t inform businesses. Their departments should have been on full alert in any event after 7 July. And why, after almost 3 years of regular truck burnings on the N3, haven’t they arrested the perpetrators. They know who they are. They are mos up top speed on everything ne?
And the drivel spouted by Ndabeni-Abrahams – that if Zuma had had access to communications platforms, he would have called for calm. Bullsh&t. Her loyalty to the cabinet, the country and Ramaphosa is highly questionable. In fact with a cabinet like this, I’ll be surprised if he’s still here next month. He needs to shed the country of the ministerial and bureaucratic clowns which ANC cadre deployment has foisted upon us, and quickly. There is blood on their hands for the mounting number of deaths in the last week and those to follow from Covid related illnesses in the weeks and months to come – given the low adherence to Covid regulations during the ‘protests’.

My son-in-law’s watch outlets completely looted. Now we hope the insurance will uphold their end of the deal.

Sadly COVID didn’t go Darwinian on this population group. Was left to the fine citizens of Phoenix and Verulam to deliver some lead infused vitamin tablets

Nice joke BUSA. Like our obedient population will listen to orders!! As for enforcement: The deployment of the army just means there are more untrained and unskilled people loitering around with no idea what to do but at least there will be more of them.

“…..the rule of law is sacrosanct”! Now I,ve heard it all, actually, most probably not, I’m sure they still have a few more surprises in store!!

It must NEVER be forgotten that in an hour of national need Julius Malema deserted ordinary South Africans, who desperately needed political parties to work together and provide support. This man is a disgrace as he continued to play politics while the country was burning.

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